Get Active

Taking that first step to being more active can be one of the hardest. One of the best ways to start is by just adding activity into your everyday life, such as using the stairs at work not the lift, getting of the tram a stop early, doing some gardening or walking the dog.

If 30 minutes of activity seems like a lot to start with, try doing 3 lots of 10 minutes, gradually building up to one continuous 30 minute session. Remember every little bit counts!

When you are comfortable doing this, why not try joining in some kind of exercise session, remember it doesn't have to be the gym it could be swimming, riding your bike, walking with friends, golf or dancing.

Remember once you start you will soon feel the benefits, probably faster than you think.

If you need help why not pop into one of our leisure centres and let a Zest Gym instructor help you out. We will do a programme for you that is sure to get you on track towards a healthier more active you.

What do you need to do to be “more active” & get results?

As outlined by the ACSM (American Collage of Sports Medicine) an exercise frequency of 3 – 5 days a week of cardiovascular exercise (exercise that increases your heart rate to supply more oxygen to your muscles) of approximately 20-30 minutes is sufficient to improve heart and lung function in addition to loosing body fat.

For those people trying to loose body fat moderate activity for 30 minutes 5 times a week is more beneficial than exercising at a higher intensity for fewer days a week.

For those trying to improve their fitness, higher intensity 3 times a week for 20 minutes is sufficient.

Top tips to keep you motivated

No matter what type of physical activity you're doing, walking, dancing or going to the gym, keeping motivated can be difficult. Try some of the following tips to keep it going:

Get a friend or family member to come along. Ideally they should be of similar mind, speed, and activity level (unless she's a personal trainer, of course). Find an activity you both can do.

Write your activity plan in your diary. Scheduling a session as a "must do" increases the probability that you'll actually do it. Vary your physical activities. The more variety there is, the less it feels like work.

Try something new. Consider joining a football team, playing golf or taking Tai Chi. Many centres offer yoga or dance classes. Many new fitness programs are appearing, like burlesque, Zumba, dancing and hoola hoop fitness, if you fancy something different!

Cardiovascular or Aerobic exercise is physical exercise that intends to improve the oxygen system. Aerobic means, and refers to the use of oxygen in the body's metabolic or energy-generating process. Many types of exercise are aerobic, and by definition are performed at moderate levels of intensity for extended periods of time.